Shale Gas

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

A vulnerability map could help assess the risks associated with fracking and groundwater which around 300 towns depend on in South Africa's Karoo

​Court throws out fracking application for KZN

A procedural failure on the part of government has meant a further delay for attempts to get gas out from under 15 000 farms in KwaZulu-Natal.

‘Give SA its own fracking agency’

South Africa has adopted a softly-softly approach to shale gas exploration.

BHP write-down reveals fragile state of shale

The size of BHP Billiton's $2.8bn write-down for its US shale assets took some banks by surprise - at least two thought it was too small.

Oil price plummets to three-year low

The oil price has fallen by more than 20% from June. Saudi Arabia responded by cutting its price further on low demand and increased shale production.

Who will monitor the environmental fallout from fracking?

Critics say that plans for the department of mineral resources to monitor the impact of shale gas operations has put it at odds with its own mandate.

Emissions from fracking gas half that of coal, says study

A new meta-study has found that the life-time greenhouse gas emissions of shale gas, extracted through fracking, are half that of coal.

Carbon tax delayed, fracking favoured in Gordhan’s Budget

The 2014 Budget has delayed the carbon tax, punted shale gas, budgeted for more independent energy, and asked that mines help fix acid mine drainage.

New reality alters energy plans

Hydro power and gas in nearby countries have brought about a shift in South Africa's schemes.

Karoo fracking: Water, wealth and whites

The sparse and evocative Karoo, a place for artists and soil-tillers, may soon become a place for geologists, scientists, and fracking.

Government: Companies must disclose fracking fluids

SA government has proposed that companies involved in fracking disclose the chemicals used and adhere to American Petroluem Institute standards.

Frackers will need to apply for a water licence, says Molewa

The rhetoric around fracking is building as Water Minister Edna Molewa issued a notice of her intention to declare fracking a "controlled activity".

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Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

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